Smile appeal to get children cycling

Picture by Alex Rumford - 0778 222 5244'Launch of Bikeability at St Thomas More Catholic primary school, Coventry.
Picture by Alex Rumford - 0778 222 5244'Launch of Bikeability at St Thomas More Catholic primary school, Coventry.
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A group of children are hoping to be “wheelie” lucky and receive a cash gift to get them on their bikes.

Bikeability instructor John Levesley has applied for a donation of £250 from Spalding and District Round Table’s Smile Fund to help students at Gosberton House School.

The school caters for two to 11-year-olds with autistic spectrum disorder or learning difficulties and Mr Levesley and a colleague have recently provided a group with some training on how to ride their cycles properly and safely on the road.

He said: “Although we were only able to provide a limited amount of training because of the children’s challenges we had a very rewarding time at the school – so much so that the two of us are now giving the school some free additional time when we can.

“The school has now set up a bike club with old bikes donated to them, but most are in a poor state of repair – needing new brake blocks, cables, tyres and tubes.

“One of the teachers is doing his best to get them into a better state of repair but there is no money available for spare parts.

“It occurred to me that this would be a very good cause that might be something the Smile Fund could support.

“Funding to buy spare or replacement parts for these bikes, I am sure, would be greatly appreciated.

“Any amount would be great but having seen the current state of the bikes, I would suggest £200 to £250 would be fantastic.”

There is still time for you to apply for a slice of Smile funding – see below for details.